As the Fall semester comes to a close, several sports teams and individual athletes received conference and regional honors. The men’s and women’s basketball teams are also off to a promising start.
Head baseball coach Jeff Ditch has announced that current assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Anthony Rebyanski has been promoted to assistant head coach. Rebyanski will continue to serve as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
Hours after climbing three spots to No. 5 in the National Association of Basketball coaches’ poll, IUP came out on fire versus Wheeling Jesuit, rolling to a 21-point halftime lead and coasting to an 82-61 victory over the Cardinals at Memorial Field House. The national ranking is the highest for IUP (5-0) since the 1995-1996 team won its first eleven games and climbed to No. 1 in the country. That was also the last time IUP had as much as a five-game winning streak to open the season.
Forward Jill Perdue has been selected PSAC West Freshman of the Week after helping the Crimson Hawks defeat Lake Erie and District of Columbia and extend their winning streak to three games. After five road games to start the season, IUP finally played its home opener.
The Crimson Hawks held off a District of Columbia rally for a 62-55 victory, their second win in twelve days over the Firebirds. Lacey Claar and Perdue both scored 12 points, and Sylvie Tafen added 10 points for her sixth straight double-figure game. The Hawks improve to 4-2.
Hillary Mugun has been named the PSAC Freshman of the Year by the conference’s cross country head coaches. Mugun capped an outstanding debut season by finishing in thirty-third place at the NCAA national meet in Evansville, Ind., with a 10K time of 32:26.7. That was the fourth fastest time among all freshmen and the second best by a PSAC runner. He became the first IUP men’s All-American since 1990.
IUP senior Akwasi Owusu-Ansah was named to the All-PSAC West first team at cornerback and as the return specialist. He was one of eight Crimson Hawks players selected to the all-conference squad by the division head coaches. Joining Owusu-Ansah on the first team are junior tailback Tobias Robinson and senior linebacker James Carson. Voted to the second team were senior offensive linemen Joe Tonga and Nate Tucker, junior wide receiver Mychal Skinner, junior kicker Craig Burgess, and redshirt freshman nose tackle Carl Thornton.
The longest women’s soccer season in school history came to an end recently when the Crimson Hawks dropped a 2-0 decision to California in the championship game of the NCAA Atlantic Region tournament in Albany, N.Y.
IUP, which finished with a record of 14-7-2, had never advanced past the second round of the NCAA tournament until defeating Gannon and West Chester. But the Crimson Hawks lost for the third time this season to the Vulcans.
Four IUP women’s soccer players have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region team, including Sarah Romasco on the first team, Kelly Brennan and Heather Robbins on the second team, and Paige Virgara on the third team. Also, IUP sophomore midfielder Heather Robbins has been named to the Daktronics All-Atlantic Region women’s soccer team for the 2009 season.
Sophomore Jackie Hynson was chosen as the PSAC Co-swimmer of the Week after winning one event and earning three NCAA A cuts in a predominantly Division I field at the recent Zippy Invitational at the University of Akron.
Hynson posted an A cut time of 2:03.36 in winning the 200 backstroke, besting Division I swimmers from Xavier (Ohio), Akron, Illinois State, and Ohio University. She was fifth in the 100 butterfly with a B cut time of 57.96. Hynson also earned NCAA A cuts in the 100 backstroke and 200 butterfly.
Stephen Hoch and Kala Misavage recorded NCAA B cuts on the final day of the three-day Zippy event. The Crimson Hawks men’s and women’s swim teams return to action after the holiday break, when they compete in the Tampa Relays on January 6 in Tampa, Fla.
Emily Pany and Jessica Bodkin were named to the All-PSAC West second team for the 2009 season in balloting by conference head coaches. This is the first time Pany and Bodkin were named to the all-conference team.
“I am very proud of Emily and Jessica for what they accomplished on the court this season and how they contributed to our team’s success,” head coach Zack Shaver said. “We look for them to maintain their high level of execution as they become seniors in 2010.”
A junior, Pany has also been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region team for the 2009 season.
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